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Meet Jenny Chapin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenny Chapin.

Jenny, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a singer, songwriter, and producer based in southern California. I loved to sing as a child and was cast in many solo performances in school/church productions, but I stopped singing at the age of thirteen when I was voice shamed. I grew up going to a private Christian school until I went to public in 7th grade. Being a new student at a new school was obviously not easy as you can imagine. Especially in 7th grade with teenage girls. To summarize, I was invited to a karaoke sleepover the first month of 7th grade. Like I said, I had no shyness with singing, so I jumped right in and participated. One popular girl started laughing and whispering and started telling people that I actually wasn’t very good. It became the new topic of the girls at school, and I was teased for a while and was devastated.

Unfortunately, I took that one night to heart and never sang again. I didn’t realize that I wanted to get back into singing until I was at a women’s conference at a friend’s church (13 years later), and I was placed in a self-exploration activity to find out what your passion was. It was so clear by the end of the exercises what I was passionate about, and yet I was terrified. I never realized how much that one incident affected me. I guess I had blocked it out because it hurt me so much, and I truly believed them. Long story short, bullying is a serious thing that can really crush someone’s spirit and dreams. It took me a long time to realize I was still so passionate about something I had suppressed for so long. Soon after the conference, I decided to embrace my voice and all other aspects of myself, and am finally choosing to pursue what I’ve always had a burning passion for. I hope to use the power of music and my style to empower audiences and give them something they can relate to.

In addition to music, I’m a trained dancer and began taking lessons when I was just three years old. From when I was eight to my early 20’s, I became an accomplished competitive and ballet dancer. Dancing and music allowed me to cope with the heavy bullying I endured. I am always creating ways to combine my passion for dance and my love of music. I’m beyond excited to share this journey with everyone and discover my potential.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No. I struggled with a lot of bullying and insecurity along the way and the road to accepting myself and my passion was not a simple one.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a singer, songwriter, and producer and I write and create all my music. This has made my journey especially meaningful as I have had a hand in every part of the entire process from songwriting to mixing the song.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I think bad luck played a huge part in getting me where I am today. I was dealt a bad hand on multiple occasions and I struggled a lot after those experiences. However, if I wouldn’t have gone through those things, I wouldn’t have realized my true passion and I wouldn’t accept myself the way I do.

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Joseph Duarte, Bobby Crane

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